How to get Executives to Act



Book Title:    How to get Executives to Act for Project Success: Building a Strong Mutual Partnership
Author:  Michael O’Brochta
Publisher:  Zozer, Inc.
List Price:   $22.50
Format:  Soft cover
Publication Date:   February 2018
ISBN: 978-1981283439
Reviewer: Kimberly Scott, PMP
Review Date: July 2018



Michael O’Brochta is passionate about Project Management.  He has been a PMP for over 30 years and has held senior positions at the CIA and served as the Chair of the Ethics Member Advisory Group at the PMI Corporate level and has written papers for a wide range of project management topics.

How to get Executives to Act for Project Success is a great go-to book that every Project Manager (and Stakeholder) should have on their desk.

Overview of Book’s Structure

The book is nicely and succinctly broken down into 6 chapters that build from Examining the Problem to (doing) What it Takes (to get things done).   Each Chapter gives a “Problem Story” using the character(s) George or Georgette as the Project Manager that are meant to be relatable to the Project Manager.

If you want a book that’s a quick guide on how to handle challenges with your Executive or Stakeholders, this is a great book. The examples used are on point and relatable.


O’Brochta provides good solutions for the typical problems Project Managers face when working with executives. For example, how to respond to an executive when they are asking you do more with less resources.

He also reminds the reader/PM that it’s not unusual for executives to have a lack of basic understanding of project management; hence the premise of the book, and therefore the PM’s should be prepared for this knowledge gap and respond accordingly.


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About the Reviewer

Kimberly Scott

Texas, USA



Kimberly Scott is a fairly new PMP (as of 12/2016) and her projects have been based in the Mortgage industry; she enjoys system conversion and working with the end user to ensure project success.  Kimberly has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Texas at Dallas.  She’s a member of PMI, PMI Dallas and Dallas Toastmasters.

Kimberly can be contacted at [email protected]


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